April 26, 2013
SAY A TOAST TO SPRING! (It’s really, truly here!)
April 26, 2013
SAY A TOAST TO SPRING! (It’s really, truly here!)
April 15, 2013
NEW IN-STORE ARTIST
Alex White Mazzarella was born in Boston, USA in 1979. A lifelong artist, he graduated university with degrees in economics and city planning before setting off to Barcelona and consequently Hong Kong to explore street art and the culture of the public realm.
For Alex, the city, as a multitude of communities, bed of active cultures and place of common citizenship, served as Alex’s aperture into artistic expression and articulation. Originally inspired by the work of Hundertwasser, street art and specifically Kirchner, Basquiat, Pollock, and Tapies were instrumental to his becoming a professional artist. Moving to new York City in 2007 would see his talent and passion for drawing and cartons reignited with a focused trajectory and purpose; to transcend phenomenon and experience living in the 21st century. His world travels, observations and juxtapositions have been a constant force, providing an insight that has in turn shaped his life.
Nurtured by Larry Poons, Phillip Sherrod and Hugo Bastidas of the Art Students League, he has been exhibiting his paintings and artwork in New York since early 2009 after being discovered by Richard Temperio of the Sideshow Gallery. He is the Founding Director of Artefacting a global social arts project dedicated to stimulating community cohesion, dialogue and social justice. He sparked Artefacting as an initiative and practice of utilize art in the diverse public spaces of communities worldwide as a tool to bridge differences, open perspective, and manifest cultural undercurrents.
His works are in private collections in the United States, Europe and India and in the Museum collection of CoCCA, the Coimbatore Centre for Contemporary Art.
April 5, 2013
April 2, 2013
NEW CHALK MURAL FROM SCOTT LENHARDT
Over the weekend our illustrator friend Scott endowed our walls with the most beautiful burst of spring. It may be cold outside, but it definitely feels fresh and bright at Dandy! Pictures don’t do it justice, you must stop by and check it out!
March 13, 2013
Beautiful dinner with some perfect weeknight wines. VRAC Macon ($11) and Gerbino Rosso ($13) pair wonderfully with whatever your in-house chef whips up. (at Dandelion Wine)
March 6, 2013
New drawings by Yuko Oda at Dandelion Wine
Opening Reception March 6, 2013, 7-9 pm
Can you feel how light a dandelion seed really is?
floating… through the breezy air…
And, with enough time, heaviness builds,
even with the most delicate of petals
soft whispers, gold spritzes,
cosmic bursts, and gentle caresses…
The stars and moons are dusting,
to help us find the way…
Our friend Yuko is an artist who has been studying and drawing dandelion flowers for a long time and when she moved to Greenpoint, she immediately vibed with the shop and wanted to collaborate! We’re so happy to have her work up through the end of March! Come have a drink and celebrate with us tonight!
February 28, 2013
THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING: TRIED AND TRUE REDS
Tonight, 6-9 pm, with our buddy Richard from Zev Rovine Selections, we’re revisiting some old favorites from around the globe- a few of those consistently awesome values we reach for year after year. We’re throwing in an Italian wildcard and pairing ‘em all with cheese from Eastern District. Bottoms up!
Domaine du Jas Cuvee Prestige Cotes du Rhone 2011
A typical Rhone blend of Grenache and Syrah, Domaine du Jas makes an outstanding bang-for-your-buck bottle. With really lush red berry fruit and a little spice on the finish, this organic wine is easy to drink and ready to party. Pair with anything or nothing at all. $13
Italo Pietrantonj Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2009
It took me several months to learn how to pronounce the name, and more than a few bottles, so this wine and I are well-acquainted. The Pietrantonj (Pea-eh-tron-tone-ee) family has been making wine in Abruzzo for centuries, and are currently in their 8th generation. Needless to say, they take it seriously. This noble red is well-balanced, smooth, and structured- an excellent pick for meat and vegetable based pasta sauces. $15
Reunion Malbec, Mendoza 2011
Made by a father and his four daughters, Reunion is a wine for sharing, based on the known fact that “great wine brings us together.” Estate grown, sustainably farmed grapes make up this delightful red from the ever popular Malbec grape. Full and fresh and surprisingly bright, this more delicate approach to the grape doesn’t require a plate full of meat to be enjoyed, but we won’t discourage it either. $15
Marco Carpineti Tufaliccio, Lazio 2011
WILDCARD! We’re looking forward to seeing how this newbie measures up to the OG picks! Tufaliccio is an organic blend of Sangiovese and Montepulciano grapes from Laziom a region known for it’s capitol city (Rome) more than it’s winemaking. But maybe this delicious red will change that! We instantly fell for the dark fruit and violet qualities, as well as the pretty label. Can’t wait to get your opinion! $19
February 25, 2013
It’s been an exciting year for us so far at Dandy and on the world wide web, and we just have to brag a little… and thank you guys for being the best customers in the universe! Without you special gems, we’re just a bunch of winos with nothing to toast!
After being featured among so many other amazing food and drink related pages on Tumblr’s spotlight page, we’ve gotten literally THOUSANDS of new followers and friends all over the world. We’re honored, humbled, and thrilled to be included in such great company and to be suddenly visible to so many cool tumblr users.
The fantastic BK blog Brooklyn Exposed included us in their round-up guide to the best of the borough’s wine shops, labeling us the best bet shop for WINE GEEKS! “A veritable gold mine for hard-to-find gems, shoppers can geek out over the curated selection of quality bottles and vintages at Dandelion Wine (153 Franklin Street, Greenpoint). Most of their whites are already chilled so that bottle of Edelzwicker will be ready to enjoy when you bring it home.” We’re blushing over here.
And the Sunset Hospitality Group has declared that we’re one of 9 NYC Eateries Doing Social Media Right. They write: “This adorable wine boutique, fondly referred to by their regular guests as “Dandy,” features stunning design on their Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook accounts, along with posts that manage to be approachable and still feature their products. After a few minutes scrolling through their posts, we felt ready to sit down and have a glass with the staff!” Awwwww!
THANKS GUYS! <3
February 21, 2013
Thursday Night Tasting
Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for another tasting of some of our new favorites from Italy with our friend Ben from Soilair Selections. Our pals at Eastern District will pair the cheeses and a fun time will be had by all.
La Formica Soave 2011
100% Garganega, hailing from a vineyard founded in the 1800’s at the Eastern-most edge of Valpolicella territory. This enchantingly sunny white is a stellar winter refresher with considerable body and and a soft, lengthy finish…and, just like our good friends Nicky and Johnny, totally suave. Plus, I discovered last weekend that this is a weirdly awesome pairing for nachos. $19
Pietranera Rosso di Montalcino 2010
The name “Pietranera” means “black stone”, and it’s derived from the volcanic soil prevalent in the southern part of Montalcino where the family-run estate is located. This Sangiovese benefits greatly from the mineral rich earth in which the grapes are grown. Unbelievably elegant, with lush violet notes, bright, ruby red fruit and incredible structure. And the gorgeous label is printed with real gold. Baller. $25
Ronchi di Cialla Rosso 2009
This multi-generational, family-run estate specializes in grapes indigenous to Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Their Rosso is made from Ribolla Nera, also known as Schioppettino. The grape became nearly extinct in the late 1800s, and has been nursed back to life over the last fifty years by handful of dedicated growers. This exceptional red is like nothing else- dark, plummy, medium bodied, spicy, and de-licious. $27
February 11, 2013
Drink these if you know what’s good for you.